5 Ways to Rid of Monday Blues
Oh no, it’s Monday! Feelings of anxiety on what’s going to happen for the rest of the week can be overwhelming. You are so consumed with the things that need to be accomplished but not sure where to start or when to finish. The weekend has been too relaxing and it’s hard to get back into the rhythm of completing your tasks, going for meetings, and planning your schedule, all while ensuring that you don’t make any mistakes but you have to produce quality work…the worries go on and on. Before Monday comes, it’s best to come to work with mental preparation. Here are some tips that can help in ridding your Monday Blues.
Have a self-Care Regime
Are you resting intentionally? During the weekends, it can be tempting to fill your precious two days off with activities that you enjoy. You may want to meet up for meals and catch up with friends, you may want to binge on your favourite shows, and stay up late at night to read your favourite book. While all these are great ways to unwind, they should be consumed in moderation and not at the expense of yourself not getting enough sleep. On average, working adults should be getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Have a proper regime during the weekends where you can find a balance of unwinding and sleeping enough.
An idea would be to have specific time windows for certain activities and follow them accordingly. If you know that you need to be in bed by 10p.m. in order not to feel lethargic the next day, then it’s important to listen to your body and not procrastinate sleeping. Remember to intentionally plan out a self-care regime so that you can recharge as much as you can. This will help with not experiencing burn-out and a feeling of dread as you return to work feeling unrested and unprepared.
Pursue Your Hobbies
Find things that help you to destress. Painting, drawing, or hanging out with friends for a music jamming session, simply a break from work with other activities can help you to be more productive when you return to the office. Organise a group trekking session with your friends if you like going outdoors, or spend some time at the beach playing a game of volleyball. You can change up the kind of activities to do every week to keep things interesting.
Though easier said than done, try not to fill your mind with worries about unfinished work and plans about completing them. If your entire weekend was spent with yourself brainstorming on a new business proposal, you might end up feeling like you’ve worked 7 days of the week. That can be unsustainable in the long run.
Frequent Quiet Time
Sometimes, all you need is to process your thoughts and feelings on how work has affected you in the past week. Finding a conducive area for journaling does wonders. It could be at the park early in the morning, or in that quaint cafe that you’ve had your eye on for quite some time. Take a moment to reflect on the things that cause you anxiety at work, and how you can self-regulate or take action to reduce your stress levels. If it’s a problem with pressed deadlines, you can examine your time management skills and figure out ways to improve work processes or complete tasks more efficiently. Regular journaling sessions like these help to organise thought processes. Before Monday begins, remember to look through your journal and remind yourself of ways to emotionally prepare for the week.
Make Mondays Better
Craving that coconut milkshake or pasta from your favourite restaurant nearby your workplace? There’s always something to make yourself feel better despite the hectic hours at work. Striking conversations with colleagues about the next episode of a popular series or buying your favourite food during lunch break are little joys that can help put your mind off work temporarily. If you are pressed for time on a Monday, meal preparations during weekends will help you save time and allows you to stay focused on completing your tasks, and not lose your momentum. If date nights are usually on Fridays, pushing them forward to Mondays can also help with looking forward to the day’s coming and end. You’ll be instantly happier when you see your significant other after work. These are some ways you can make Mondays more bearable.
Organising Tasks for the Week
On Mondays, the inertia to start on a task quickly may weigh heavily on your mind. It is important not to jump straight to working before scheduling, planning, and prioritising your tasks for the week. Spending some time on planning will help you become more organised for the week. Be sure to list out everything you need to do and consider the time needed to complete them, and how work processes will be like. For example, while planning, consider whether the task requires a team effort to complete it or if it can be done independently. Teamwork requires more time and effort because of the need to align schedules, discuss, and seek everyone’s approval for ideas. If this is so, starting the assignment early may help to reduce stress levels while giving a longer lead time to completion.
These are some ways that you can help to get rid of Monday Blues. Though all the methods proposed can be done on your own, don’t be afraid to reach out to a close one if you need to confide in them of your worries and struggles at work. A quick text during lunch break to check in with your best friend on how you are feeling, and asking for words of affirmation is always a good way to continue the day with a more positive mindset. You don’t need to go through Monday Blues alone. It is a common phenomenon that people experience at work, so don’t feel like you need to address it alone too!